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22 Mar 2016


Members of US Congress call for protection of labour & human rights defenders in Honduras

“Congress members Tell Secretary Kerry: Protect Honduran Rights Defenders”, 17 Mar 2016

…On March…members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on two separate cases that illustrate the dangers faced by Honduran labor and human rights defenders…Representatives Kaptur and Johnson call for action on threats against Honduran trade unionists Nelson Nuñez and Tomás Membreño Pérez. In November 2015, Nelson Nuñez had to flee his home along with his family after they had been monitored for weeks…Membreño Pérez, his colleague in the trade union federation FESTAGRO (an ILRF partner organization), had received multiple death threats…[the] messages ordered him to stop his support of banana and sugar cane workers who were organizing for better working conditions…A powerful letter on Berta Cáceres’ death signed by 62 representatives was also sent to Secretary Kerry...